Ice Hockey Glossary
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500: 500 (also known as .500) is an even percentage, usually referring to a team's overall record when their number of wins equals their number of regulation losses.
Adams Division: With the patrick division made up the wales conference until the 1992-93 season; renamed the northeast division of the eastern conference starting with the 1993-94 season.
All-Star Game: A mid-season exhibition game pitting selected stars of north american origin against selected stars from the rest of the world; from 1969 to 1997, the game was played between representatives . . . View Full Definition
Alternate Captain: Each team has to have two alternate captains. They take over the duties of the captain when he is off the ice.
Assist: The pass or passes which immediately precede a successful scoring attempt; a maximum of two assists are credited for one goal.
Attack Zone: The opposing team's end of the ice, as determined by the blue line.
Attacking Line: Consists of two wings (right and left) and a center; these three players play nearer the opponent’s goal and are responsible for most of the scoring.
Attacking Zone: Is that portion of the rink farthest from the defended goal. So that area closest to your opponentís goal is the attacking zone.
Back Checking: When a forward helps out the defense by going back into his own zone to try and take the puck away from an opposing player or try to stop him from scoring.
Back Line: A team's defensemen, as a unit.
Backcheck: An attempt by a player, on his way back to his defensive zone, to regain the puck from the opposition by checking or harassing an opponent who has the puck.
Backchecking: Rushing back to the defensive zone in response to an opposing team's attack.
Backhand: A shot or pass made from the side of the body opposite the stick hand.
Backhand Shot: When a shot is taken with the back of the stick, and the shot is a reverse motion from the normal motion the player would typically use.
Backhander: A shot that is taken from the backside of the blade.
Backstop: A goaltender.
Bad Language: Players will not use obscene gestures on the ice, (sure they wonít) or anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game. We wonder how long after the game and does this count for the of . . . View Full Definition
Barn: Hockey arena.
Beat The Defense: To get by one or both of the defensemen.
Beat The Goalie: To score a goal, usually by faking out or outsmarting the opposing goaltender.
Behind The Net: The area of ice behind the goal cage is legal territory.
Bench Minor Penalty: A two-minute penalty assessed against someone in a team's bench area rather than a player on the ice. Any player except a goaltender may be designated by the coach to serve in the penalty box.
Bench Penalty: When a player of the offending team must send a player to the penalty box.
Bender: Someone who can't skate well.
Biscuit: The puck.
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Penetration: When the ball is dribbled or passed inside the defensive area toward the basket.